Premier: 147 CCTV Cameras At 81 Locations

May 22, 2015

The CCTV project  ”has now been substantially completed with 147 cameras at 81 locations” and “installation work at the remaining 3 locations is ongoing,” Premier & Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley said in the House of Assembly today [May 22], adding that the system will cost $111,165.07 per month.

“Specific areas of the Island have had CCTV coverage since the 1990s and that coverage has expanded based on the usefulness of the technology in deterring and solving crime,” Premier Dunkley said.

“Since 2009, the Bermuda Police Service has contracted with security agencies to provide CCTV coverage as part of the intelligence-driven response to the escalation of gun violence in the community.

“Following an open, competitive tender process, Cabinet approved the award of a contract to BAS-SERCO in July 2013 for the expansion of the CCTV network. Mr. Speaker, the scope of work required 150 cameras to be installed at 84 locations throughout the Island. Additionally, there are 19 license plate recognition cameras.”

“I am pleased to advise this Honourable House that this project has now been substantially completed with 147 cameras at 81 locations. Installation work at the remaining 3 locations is ongoing.

The CCTV monitoring centre in Prospect:

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“This expansion project has not been without its delays. However, the Bermuda Police Service and the Ministry of National Security have worked with BELCO, the Corporation of Hamilton, the Department of Planning and private landowners to establish a network which now forms a significant asset in the fight against crime.

“At $111,165.07 per month, this is an expensive tool,” the Premier added. “However, I would invite Honourable Members to take note that at the end of this five year contract, the Government of Bermuda will be the outright owner of the system.

“The platform and technology is sufficiently robust that we expect this asset to remain viable. It is designed to permit “add-ons” as necessary and the contract includes maintenance of the system.”

The Premier’s full statement follows below:

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members will be aware that specific areas of the Island have had CCTV coverage since the 1990s and that coverage has expanded based on the usefulness of the technology in deterring and solving crime.

Since 2009, the Bermuda Police Service has contracted with security agencies to provide CCTV coverage as part of the intelligence-driven response to the escalation of gun violence in the community.

Following an open, competitive tender process, Cabinet approved the award of a contract to BAS-SERCO in July 2013 for the expansion of the CCTV network. Mr. Speaker, the scope of work required 150 cameras to be installed at 84 locations throughout the Island. Additionally, there are 19 license plate recognition cameras.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to advise this Honourable House that this project has now been substantially completed with 147 cameras at 81 locations. Installation work at the remaining 3 locations is ongoing.

Mr. Speaker, this expansion project has not been without its delays. However, the Bermuda Police Service and the Ministry of National Security have worked with BELCO, the Corporation of Hamilton, the Department of Planning and private landowners to establish a network which now forms a significant asset in the fight against crime.

Mr. Speaker, at $111,165.07 per month, this is an expensive tool. However, I would invite Honourable Members to take note that at the end of this five year contract, the Government of Bermuda will be the outright owner of the system.

The platform and technology is sufficiently robust that we expect this asset to remain viable. It is designed to permit “add-ons” as necessary and the contract includes maintenance of the system.

Mr. Speaker, I had the opportunity to visit the monitoring site at Prospect yesterday and I can advise Honourable Members that it is impressive in its layout and technical ability.

In addition to the contracted monitoring service that is provided, the police 911 operators have remote access to the network which will significantly enhance the intelligence around an incident to which they are required to dispatch emergency services.

Mr. Speaker, this investment in the safety and security of Bermuda is one which should engender bipartisan support. This project has spanned changes in Administrations and is one of the ways in which we collectively support the Bermuda Police Service in fulfilling the challenging, daily task of Making Bermuda Safer.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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  1. ChaBoy says:

    Are those the cedar beams I see?

    • Come Correct says:

      Have you ever seen cedar before?

    • Hahahah says:

      The oba clowns said we had no money but yet this is costing tax payers $111,165.07 per month for the next 5 years. In the words of Premier & Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley “What a waste of f****** film”

      • Mockingjay says:

        Good phrase for a bumper sticker.

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        you ever heard of the saying “be careful of what you ask for, because you might just get it”…have you not heard the cries for a surveillance state…everytime something happens “oh! we should of had cameras there”…now you gottem…now you must pay for em.

  2. sassymama says:

    Aw, nothing beats than being in a surveillance state, just love it… NOT

  3. 235 says:

    Why are bikes regularly stolen from our city streets in broad daylight?

    • Zevon says:

      Because the place is full of criminals. They walk among us.

      • Mockingjay says:

        Yup, but you have to watch the ones in suits and ties.

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          Don’t think that they fit the profile of a cycle thief. Just think, were it not for the criminals these cameras would be totally unecessary.

          Must be some knda boring keeping an eye on all of those screens.

        • Zevon says:

          What is that. An attempt at humour? You’re the funny guy, are you?

  4. Fowl says:

    Mighty kind of us citizens to pay $6.6mil over 5 years for our government to spy on us. Mean while we can’t get any extra $ for the education of our children. Glad to know we are keeping up with the rest of the problem governments of the world.

    • Be real says:

      I agree it’s a lot to spend, but you wouldn’t complain if someone hit your child in a hit and run and was caught by CCTV, you’d think the whole $6.5m was worth it then. Let’s be honest, it’s $100 per person over the 5 years, and then nothing is paid after that….I’d say it’s worth that.

      • Mockingjay says:

        Are they gonna catch people stealing stone walls ?????????????????????????????????????????

  5. SHAME says:

    So this means that NO crime should go unsolved as of TODAY….

    Gun, Robbery etc

  6. Bermudian Momma says:

    CCTV cameras were recently installed on a pole at the junction of Ord Road and Cobb’s Hill. I want to know what is the range of the cameras and can they focus on my yard. As long as they are focused solely on the roadways, I have no problem but if they can zoom in on my yard – it becomes an invasion of privacy. I have my own security cameras – thank you!

    • Mockingjay says:

      What you need to watch out for is that fancy drone they are using to take pictures of our beautiful Island.

  7. MLK JR says:

    They might as well install one in my house

    • Mockingjay says:

      Well don’t get a smart tv.

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        oh mockingjay! you’re on the ball today…its a sad sad world we’re living in…

  8. Believe says:

    $741 per month per camera ? Or is it that the full cost of the installation, network, system, monitoring and maintenance is 6.7M and it has been spread over 5 years ? Curious.

    Will people be trained over the 5 year period to perform ongoing maintenance and updates to the system or will that all revert back to the supplier.

    • sage says:

      In five years it will all need replacing.

      • Mockingjay says:

        Still don’t beat Hanbury’s $1000,00 a DAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Fully Transparent? says:

    Someone should file a PATI request to get the geographical locations of every single CCTV camera.

  10. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Apparently England and Wales are decreasing the usage of CCTV camera’s in order to reduce cost.

  11. joe says:

    A technology platform that is still viable after five years? Never met one.

  12. Just a matter of time says:

    $1.3 million a year to spy on Bermudians and yet teachers have to buy their own school supplies. Smh. Any cameras installed out Fairylands and Tuckers Town I wonder? I can’t wait to see this list of locations.

    I note the Premier said there was an ‘..open competitive tender process..’ for the $1.3 mil. It becomes sole sourcing when the dollar stakes are much higher. Great process OBA!

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      theres more cams in tuckers town n fairylands than what the govt. could ever supply…

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Now just why do you think the folks in those areas feel that is necessary? Who are they trying to protect themselves from? Their visiting freinds? The delivery guy? The landscapers? Who?

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          you tell me then we’ll all know…

    • Strike fund says:

      The same teachers that went on a three day strike without notice. They showed how much they cared about education.

  13. clearasmud says:

    This is over 6 million for a project that was supposed to be 5 million and so they found another million for cameras but they don’t have money for netball and basketball? go figure!

  14. ImJustSayin says:

    Of course all the ‘Dudley Do Right’s’ are gonna say we need them to catch the criminals. That is just one reason to have them. We all know Michael Dunkley loves a surveillance camera. Those cameras will be used to keep an eye on the general population when the time comes. Another step towards a Police State. All in the name of security. Big Brother is watching you.

    • Zevon says:

      You don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.

  15. braaa says:

    Way to help bermuda, hope the money is worth it when people cant even feed themselves, but hey, who cares right?